his movie doesn't make its way to many Top 10 lists or get a lot of love, but it's really worth a look. If you're a fan of heist movies and crimes movies, you'll get a lot of out of Michael Mann's 1981 directorial debut starring James Caan. Thief is about Frank (Caan), an experienced jewel thief who works for himself and has set up a nice front life to hide the crimes that truly fuel his lifestyle. He owns a bar and a car dealership, which he uses to launder the money he makes by selling stolen gems, so he stays of the police radar. If you're a fan of the Ed Norton, Robert DeNiro heist movie, The Score (2001), you'll notice a lot of similarities here.